Disneyland in November

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Disneyland in November brings you changes as the holidays at Disneyland arrive. If you’re going to Disneyland or California Adventure this month, here’s what to expect at the resort for November 2017.

Updated for 2017!

Disneyland in November
Disneyland in November

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What’s New at Disneyland in November

  • November 5 Dapper Day at Disneyland, read about this unofficial, officially posh day at Disneyland.
  • Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, November 9-12. This will be the last runDisney event for at least another year, but we expect the hiatus to last even longer.
  • November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018 the holiday season will brighten the Disneyland Resort with holiday decor, entertainment and more.
  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is back in 2017.
  • World of Color — Season of Light” returns to California Adventure
  • Festival of the Holidays including ¡Viva Navidad! is back at California Adventure.
  • Believe . . . in Holiday Magic fireworks return to Disneyland park at 9:30 pm, weather permitting.
  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade makes its way down Main Street daily (times vary depending on the day. Some times may be 10:30 am, 1:15 pm, 1:30 pm or 4:15 pm). Get our free parade seating guide here.
  • November 18 is Mickey’s Birthday and Disneyland Resort will celebrate with commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons and a special cavalcade featuring some of Mickey’s friends along with the Disneyland Band.
 (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Thanksgiving Day at Disneyland

Thanksgiving at Disneyland. Photo courtesy Enchanted Type.
Thanksgiving Day reservations opened in late September. There are numerous dining options available throughout the resort and hotels.
I don’t know about you, but food is a BIG part of our Disneyland trips. So going to Disneyland on Thanksgiving day makes total sense to me. For just one special day in November, the Disneyland Resort restaurants will transform their menu offerings to showcase the big bird and seasonal side dishes. Be sure to check out the official Disneyland site for detailed Thanksgiving menus and reservation information.

Disneyland in November Park Plans

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Disneyland in November Closures

  • “it’s a small world” (through-11/9)
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Are you headed to Disneyland or California Adventure during November, tell us about it or let us know how we can help plan your trip.

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    • Hi Daisy! How fun to take your daughter for her birthday (and she’s still free!). Crowd levels have changed dramatically at Disneyland over the last few years. “Low” crowds today are what “medium” crowds used to be… that week is Thanksgiving week so it just really depends on what area schools are out already and no Annual Passes are blacked out that day. Good news? Week days are better than weekends. Best news? I recommend grabbing one of my Touring Plans, Disneyland with Kids or Disneyland Princess to make your day a little easier. Feel free to reach out again if you have any more questions!

    • Hey Juan. November 16th should be a great day to go and see all the holiday festivities before the crazy crowd level kicks in. The park schedule for that day so far is showing fireworks at 8:45pm. There will also be 2 runs of the Christmas Fantasy parade at 10:30 and 1:15 pm. Regular park hours are 9-9 that day. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with . . . enjoy your visit!

  • Cynthia Hegarty

    We are going Thanksgiving weekend through Saturday. I know it’s very crowded this weekend. I am trying to make the most of our time. We will be there early in the morning with our 2 boys ages 7-12. They want to do the Jedi Trials Should I use out extra magic hour to get in line for sign up?

    • Hi Cynthia, I’m so glad you asked. Absolutely use your early morning access to sign up for Jedi Training. It should take you about 15 minutes for the sign up process so you’ll still have time to enjoy select attractions in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland that are open during Magic Morning. I suggest doing your sign up (make sure the boys are with you!) and selecting an late afternoon time if possible. As the park gets more crowded throughout the day, having Jedi Training later will give you something fun to do without worrying about wait times. After your spot is confirmed ride Space Mountain and Star Tours which are both nearby. You can read all about Jedi Training here. Enjoy your holiday vacation at Disneyland!

  • MA

    We’re taking our 17.5 month old for her first time Nov 12 & 13. It will be interesting to see the changes from one day to the next since the holiday season starts Nov 13. I wonder how the Santa set-up will be in CC & how busy it will be to see him?

    • They will be working hard through the night I am sure to put the finishing touches up. Most of the Christmas decoration are in place as of November 9th, but the 13th is when Santa, the holiday parades and ride overlays kick in. If Santa is a must-do for you, I would head back to Critter Country first thing the morning of the 13th. Santa will be where Pooh and Friends usually meet up with guests. Let me know how it goes and if there’s anything I can do to help you plan your visit I’m happy to help.

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